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Color Options from American Patchwork & Quilting August 2011

We know you love the quilt projects that appear in American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. We took inspiration from projects in the magazine and created Web-exclusive versions, complete with full instructions.

Stitcher's Studio


If you love to sew, let everyone know! Spool blocks and a foundation-pieced sewing machine make the perfect wall hanging for your creative space.

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Garden View Color Option


Pieced Garden Blooms Wall Quilt

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke took an elegant approach to Garden View and chose Asian-inspired prints with metallic gold highlights. Instead of blooming flowers, she pictured an elaborate gilt frame as she created the outer border. Fabrics in the 38-1/2"-square wall hanging are from the Winterbury collection for RJR Fabrics.

Go to the free wall quilt pattern.

Stitcher's Studio


If you love to sew, let everyone know! Spool blocks and a foundation-pieced sewing machine make the perfect wall hanging for your creative space.

Stitcher's Studio Color Option


Sewing Spools Wall Quilt

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke used warm country colors in her four-block version of Stitcher's Studio. Fabrics are from the Winsome collection by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass & Co. If you plan to display your version of this wall hanging in your sewing space, take color cues from that decor.

Go to the free wall quilt pattern.

Weaving the Rails


Draw from a stash of strips or scraps to make a throw of woven-looking Rail Fence blocks. The trick is all in the positioning of lights and darks.

Weaving the Rails Color Option


Rail Fence Baby Quilt

While Weaving the Rails is a great stash buster, it's also ideal for showcasing any collection that contains a variety of light, medium, and dark prints. For her version, quilt tester Laura Boehnke made a playful crib quilt using Little Bear Counts by Linda Hohag and Bear Essentials collections, both from P&B Textiles.

Go to the free crib quilt pattern.

Fresh New Attitude


Brace yourself for an unconventional way to appliqué: with contrasting hand stitches that are meant be seen and add to the fun!

Fresh New Attitude Color Option


Fusible Flowers Wall Quilt

If you prefer fusible appliqué, take cues from quilt tester Laura Boehnke. She whipped up a quicker version of Fresh New Attitude using fusible web, a small zigzag stitch, and thread that matched her darker prints, all part of the Camelot collection by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics.

Go to the free wall quilt pattern.

Rolling Prairie


Envision meadow grasses rippling in the wind when arranging the strips of this head-turning and skill-building bargello quilt.

Rolling Prairie Color Option


Bargello Wall Quilt

Envision meadow grasses rippling in the wind when arranging the strips of this head-turning and skill-building bargello quilt.

Go to the free wall quilt pattern.

Charming and Cheerful


Give your wardrobe an instant pick-me-up by crafting a pretty tote of hexagons from a charm pack of happy-go-lucky fabrics.

Charming and Cheerful Color Option


Instead of a bag, quilt tester Laura Boehnke made a patriotic table runner using the American Valor collection from Red Rooster Fabrics. To adapt the shape for a long and narrow table topper, she modified the pattern, subtracting a vertical row and adding borders. Three rows contain eight A hexagons and the remaining two rows each contain seven A hexagons and two B half hexagons.

Go to the free table runner quilt pattern.

Sweet Carolina


Though wildflowers are known to sprout anywhere, these Carolina Lilies are precisely planned. Unite pieced flowers with machine-appliquéd stems and leaves on a dainty doll quilt.

Sweet Carolina Color Option


Carolina Lily Tabletop Quilt

For a more subdued look, quilt tester Laura Boehnke remade Sweet Carolina in pastel prints from the Oasis collection by Three Sisters for Moda Fabrics. To put the focus on the center flower, she used low-contrast pastels for the remaining two. Two blue prints that have similar intensities downplay the impact of the triangle-square borders.

Go to the free tabletop quilt pattern.

Wild Wild Web


Give foundation-pieced units a bold spin by weaving the spiderweb blocks in a vivacious palette.

Wild Wild Web Color Option


Circular Web Wall Quilt

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke used just five prints in each block for this version of Wild Wild Web. By controlling the color palette and position of each of the prints, a kaleidoscope pattern magically appears. Fabrics are from the Nature Walk collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics.

Go to the free wall quilt pattern.

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